Film reviews and more

Day: 21 October 2012

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Living’ review

★★★★☆ Living (Zhit, 2012) is Vasily Sigarev’s challenging and provocative follow-up to his acclaimed 2009 debut Wolfy, and sees this up-and-coming Russian director return to the London Film Festival. An existential and deeply philosophical insight into the psychological damage and […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Good Vibrations’ review

★★★☆☆ Detailing the life of Belfast’s Godfather of Punk, Terri Hooley (played with a compelling level of emotion by Richard Dormer), Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s Good Vibrations (2012) is the story of a man with a very special […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Song for Marion’ review

★★☆☆☆ British director Paul Andrew Williams offers up OAP drama Song for Marion (2012) at this year’s 56th London Film Festival, starring the considerable talents of Vanessa Redgrave, Terrance Stamp, Christopher Eccleston and Gemma Arterton. Marion (Redgrave) and her husband […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Seven Psychopaths’ review

★★★☆☆ Following on from the award-winning, critically-acclaimed success story that was In Bruges (2008), Irish writer and director Martin McDonagh is back in business with impressively-cast, tongue-in-cheek existentialist revenge thriller Seven Psychopaths (2012), starring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Caesar Must Die’ review

★★★★☆ Having already picked up the Golden Bear prize at the Berlin Film Festival back in February and now Italy’s official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards, octogenarian brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Epilogue’ review

★★★★☆ With Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012), winner of this year’s Palme d’Or, also playing at the London Film Festival, it’s possible that Amir Manor’s quiet drama Epilogue (2012) may be somewhat overlooked. That would be a real shame, however, as this […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Our Children’ review

★★★★☆ Belgian writer and director Joachim Lafosse impresses with ‘difficult’ relationship drama Our Children (À perdre la raison, 2012), starring Émilie Dequenne and reuniting A Prophet (2010) lead duo Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup. Unequivocally tough and emotionally draining, Lafosse’s […]

BFI London Film Festival 2012: ‘Sightseers’ review

★★★★☆ Director Ben Wheatley completes a critically acclaimed trilogy of quietly sinister, darkly comic, deeply British features with Sightseers (2012), an hilarious, caravan-based road movie which brings this recently unearthed talent back closer to his comedy roots. Built almost entirely […]